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KU linebacker Heeney leaves TCU game because of knee injury

Updated: 2013-10-13T02:17:20Z

Heeney injures knee

Junior linebacker Ben Heeney attempted to keep playing after suffering a knee injury during the first half against TCU on Saturday, but something just felt off, KU coach Charlie Weis said.

“He was hurt,” Weis said. “I don’t know if it was because of pain, or if it was loose. I do know it was (his) knee.”

Sophomore Schyler Miles filled in for the injured Heeney at middle linebacker and finished with one tackle. Sticking to his usual practice, Weis didn’t say much about Heeney’s injury, saying he wasn’t sure how severe it was.

Heeney, a defensive captain, entered the week leading the Big 12 in tackles (10.2) per game.

• Weis was also unsure of the injury status of junior receiver Andrew Turzilli, who left the game after hauling in a 50-yard pass reception in the first half. Turzilli was making his first start of the season.

• Weis said after the game that he hasn’t ruled out pulling the redshirt off true freshman quarterback Montell Cozart, a graduate of Bishop Miege graduate. But Weis added that he didn’t believe a dual-threat quarterback such as Cozart would have made the difference on Saturday, when the offensive line struggled to protect quarterback Jake Heaps.

“We have not decided for sure that Montell is gonna be (a redshirt),” Weis said. “I don’t think, in this game, putting in somebody just to roll out of the pocket would have made a difference.”

| Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com

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